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The Same but Different

Posted: 16th October 2020 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

Our assembly focus for this week was on ‘The Same but Different’. It began with my assembly on this theme and ended up with an insightful display independently led by the Reception children. This was one of those hilarious moments when after all the time I spent preparing and delivering the assembly, a class of 4 - 5 year olds perfectly summed up and trumped everything I was attempting to say with one beautiful picture and one simple quote! Well done to Reception!

My assembly started with the picture below, initially looking at uniformity: What do you think of this picture? Do you like it? Why? Why not? Some of the answers included: it is boring, they don’t look happy and it’s all the same.


We then moved onto the diversity picture, and asked the same questions. Their answers included: it’s colourful, they are all different, they look happier, etc.

Some children noticed the word uniform in uniformity, I explained that although we all wear a uniform, we are all different and that is what makes us special, and it’s what makes Skippers so amazing. 

Even though we all look completely different (apart from the Nasseraldeen twins in Year 8 obviously!) we actually have a lot in common. Sometimes our differences on the surface hide our similarities underneath. We then explored what we have in common and decided that the main things we have in common is our feelings and mental health, which is just like our physical health. 

We have to look after our bodies and our minds to be healthy. Our mind affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Strategies we looked at to help our wellbeing included: talking about our feelings with a friend, listening to music, getting outside for a walk, playing sport and doing something fun with friends.

When asked what we learnt today it was summarised with:

Reception then blew me away with this picture and quote from Dr Seuss, which is far better than anything I said!


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